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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Inquest  \In"quest\,  n.  [OE.  enqueste  OF  enqueste  F. 
  enqu[^e]te,  LL  inquesta,  for  inquisita  fr  L.  inquisitus 
  p.  p.  of  inquirere.  See  {Inquire}.] 
  1.  Inquiry;  quest;  search.  [R.]  --Spenser. 
 
  The  laborious  and  vexatious  inquest  that  the  soul 
  must  make  after  science.  --South. 
 
  2.  (Law) 
  a  Judicial  inquiry;  official  examination,  esp.  before  a 
  jury;  as  a  coroner's  inquest  in  case  of  a  sudden 
  death. 
  b  A  body  of  men  assembled  under  authority  of  law  to 
  inquire  into  any  matterm  civil  or  criminal, 
  particularly  any  case  of  violent  or  sudden  death;  a 
  jury,  particularly  a  coroner's  jury.  The  grand  jury  is 
  sometimes  called  the  grand  inquest.  See  under  {Grand}. 
  c  The  finding  of  the  jury  upon  such  inquiry. 
 
  {Coroner's  inquest},  an  inquest  held  by  a  coroner  to 
  determine  the  cause  of  any  violent,  sudden,  or  mysterious 
  death.  See  {Coroner}. 
 
  {Inquest  of  office},  an  inquiry  made  by  authority  or 
  direction  of  proper  officer,  into  matters  affecting  the 
  rights  and  interests  of  the  crown  or  of  the  state. 
  --Craig.  Bouvier. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  inquest 
  n  :  an  inquiry  into  the  cause  of  an  unexpected  death 




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